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1Chris Young, SEA, SP28
2Steve Pearce, BAL, LF27
3Santiago Casilla, SF, RP20
4Joe Smith, LAA, RP18
5Charlie Morton, PIT, SP14
6Brandon McCarthy, NYY, SP14
7Tom Koehler, MIA, SP13
8Carlos Martinez, STL, RP13
9Arismendy Alcantara, CHC, SS12
10Logan Morrison, SEA, 1B12
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1Andrew Heaney, MIA, SP-27
2Yangervis Solarte, NYY, 3B-21
3CC Sabathia, NYY, SP-20
4Tommy Milone, OAK, SP-16
5Jaime Garcia, STL, SP-16
6Collin McHugh, HOU, SP-14
7Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP-11
8Alfonso Soriano, NYY, LF-10
9Chase Whitley, NYY, SP-10
10Jonathon Niese, NYM, SP-9
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Garin Cecchini expected to be OK after home-plate collision
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:50 pm ET) Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini was removed from Wednesday's game for Triple-A Pawtucket after a home-plate collision, per WEEI.com. Cecchini suffered a shoulder injury on the play, but he felt fine after the game.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Cecchini's injury in the coming days, but the sense is that it's a minor ailment.


Shane Victorino set for two games at Class A, two at Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:44 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday the plan is for outfielder Shane Victorino (back) to start his rehab assignment with two games at Class A Lowell before playing two games for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Victorino is restarting his rehab assignment Thursday after the previous one was cut short due to lower back soreness.


Coco Crisp sidelined with minor ankle injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:37 pm ET) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said outfielder Coco Crisp slightly twisted his ankle during Wednesday's game at San Francisco. He was held out of the starting lineup Thursday, but Melvin added Crisp was likely getting a day off regardless, per MLB.com.

Crisp has been performing well offensively since late May, batting .341 with a .424 on-base percentage, .512 slugging percentage and .935 OPS in his last 26 games. He has four home runs, 10 doubles, 18 RBI, 20 walks, 27 runs and seven stolen bases in that span.


Joe Nathan finding his form
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:31 pm ET) Tigers closer Joe Nathan has pitching coach Jeff Jones and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer to thank for saving his season.

"They did some research and noticed my arm was two inches higher than it's ever been," Nathan said, per MLive.com. "And the only way I can do that is by pulling my head towards first base. That's the only way you're going to get your arm even higher, so I knew my head wasn't going towards the target, going towards the plate and everything was kind of out of whack.

"It was more with the alignment and keeping everything towards the target. It was making me have to work harder than I had to. They say drop the arm angle, but for me it was more keeping my head in position, which will naturally bring your arm out and away from your body, which lowers your arm angle a little bit."

Nathan got to work fixing the flaw in his pitching mechanics and started implementing a few changes, beginning with a June 19 outing against the Royals. Since then, he has a 3.38 ERA and has converted five of six save chances.

"At first, like anything, when you start to change something, it feels awkward," Nathan said. "I knew there was more zip behind (my pitches), I knew there was more whip in my arm and I was locating better. So I knew this was the way to go (since the adjustmant) and if I kept doing it it would get more and more comfortable. Now I'm starting to get a good feel for release point as far as breaking pitches and stuff like that."


Homer Bailey exits Thursday with knee pain
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:27 pm ET) Reds pitcher Homer Bailey pitched into the sixth inning in his start against the Cubs Thursday, but an apparent injury forced him out early in the sixth.

Bailey threw 71 pitches, but appeared to hurt himself while attempting to throw his 72nd. He came up hobbling on the pitch attempt, and apparently injured his knee. He exited the game immediately and was diagnosed with pain in his right patellar tendon.

Bailey ended up allowing three runs on two hits and a walk over his five innings of work. He struck out three batters while throwing 40 of his 71 pitches for strikes, and exited in line for a 4-3 before handing it off to the bullpen.

Bailey heads into the All-Star break with a 4.21 ERA and 8-5 record in 19 starts, and his next start is obviously up in the air. The Reds have yet to set their rotation, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reports he could get as many as 12 days off, based on how the schedule sets up. 


Ben Revere sidelined Thursday due to ankle soreness
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:19 pm ET) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere was held out of the starting lineup Thursday at Milwaukee due to a sore right ankle, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. The soreness is a result of two screws in his ankle.

Revere is batting .377 with a .406 on-base percentage, .443 slugging percentage, .849 OPS, one triple, two doubles, two RBI, three walks, seven runs and six stolen bases in his last 14 games.


Brewers possibly considering rotation change
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:08 pm ET) Though no decision has been made, the Brewers are considering a switch for Saturday's start, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marco Estrada is currently listed as the starting pitcher for the game against the Cardinals, but the report indicates a call up for prospect Jimmy Nelson is looming. Nelson has been tearing things up at Triple-A Nasville, while Estrada is the major-league leader in home runs allowed, with 27.

Manager Ron Roenicke was even asked if it was safe to assume Estrada will make his schedule start, and he replied, "I won't comment on that."

Roenicke was non-committal when asked whether the team is considering Nelson, but indicated that they would not necessarily have to wait until after the All-Star break to make any sort of change.

"Sometimes you wait until the all-star break to do things," he said. "But when the timing calls for something to be done, you try to do it. If it makes sense right then, why wait on something? That's what we talk about all the time. We talk about what goes on in here, how guys are feeling right now, and do we need a change?"


Collin McHugh pushes bullpen session to Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:58 pm ET) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh (finger) has pushed back his bullpen session to Friday, which indicates he will not pitch Saturday against the Red Sox, according to The Houston Chronicle. However, McHugh still could be an option to start Sunday.

Report: Derek Holland out until at least late August
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:20 pm ET) Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (knee) isn't ready to begin a rehab assignment after all, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Holland was expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on July 22 or 23, but the date has been pushed back, according to a source.

The Rangers aren't expecting Holland to return until late August at the earliest. He is expected to make four rehab starts before coming off the DL.


Bobby Doran traded to White Sox's Triple-A team
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:19 pm ET) The Astros have traded pitcher Bobby Doran to the White Sox, for a player to be named later, the teams announced Thursday.

The White Sox assigned Doran to Triple-A Charlotte. He had a 5.36 ERA in 80 2/3 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma prior to the trade. 


 
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